Participation. Cooperation. Social Transformation.

CERi promotes principles of participation, cooperation, social transformation and knowledge translation to lift up and strengthen the capacity of SFU’s researchers and students, to engage respectfully and ethically with community members. 

Research that supports positive community change.

Based out of the new 312 Main co-working space in downtown Vancouver, CERi is SFU's first research infrastructure developed for the purpose of extending community-engaged research to provincial, national and international communities.

Simon Fraser University’s Community-Engaged Research Initiative (CERi) is a new university-wide strategic initiative of the Office of the Vice-President, Research.

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  • September 15, 2020

    September 15, 2020

    When Jackie Obungah set out to create a mini-series for the Below the Radar podcast, she had a very specific goal in mind: to uplift the voices and work of Black youth.

  • September 01, 2020

    September 01, 2020

    Dr. Travis Salway, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at SFU, is a researcher behind one of eight faculty-led projects CERi funded in January for the Community-Engaged Research Pilot Project. The project is titled MindMap: BC’s LGBTQ2-affirming Mental Health Service Finder Tool.

  • August 31, 2020

    August 31, 2020

    This fall, CERi is excited to welcome an impressive and diverse group to the second cohort of CERi graduate fellows.

  • August 28, 2020

    August 28, 2020

    Shawn Smith, RADIUS co-founder and director, Dara Kelly, Indigenous Business assistant professor, CERi co-directors, Stuart R. Poyntz and Am Johal and Stephen Dooley, SFU Surrey campus executive director, co-author an article for the Stanford Social Innovation Review. The article, titled Whose Knowledge Is It?, explores the ways in which SFU aims to raise the profile of community-engaged research (CER) within the university and beyond.


  • CERi’s Graduate Fellowship Program is designed to facilitate community-engaged research through a combination of financial support, mentorship, peer learning and professional development.

  • CERi’s Faculty-Student Research Program is a grant program available to SFU faculty and SFU registered graduate students.

  • In partnership with other institutions, the SFU Library coordinates a program to provide staff of charitable and non-profit organizations in British Columbia with access to the latest research and knowledge in their fields.

  • CERi’s Researchers-in-Residence program supports and promotes SFU faculty members actively practicing community-engaged research or whose research involves CER methods.

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